A Good Man is Hard to Find: Response “Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.”-Flannery O’Connor Flannery O’Connor’s (A Good Man is Hard to Find) is a great American Southern Gothic published in The Avon Book of Modern Writing, 1953. This type of Gothic writing was not popular at the time, however O’Connor thrived as a writer during this time, with her grotesques satire on poor and middle-class southern whites. In the beginning of this Southern Gothic Tale is a seemingly normal family with a father, two kids, a mother, and a typical gripping grandmother. As they are leaving for vacation the granny (who reminds me of my mother) starts haggling her son to change the destination
The book begins with stories of Rosemarie Freeney’s ancestors from southern Georgia. It is from these people that she learned her motivated nature and spiritual beliefs. However, the beginning of the book is very confusing to follow. She has many family members and it is complicated to remember who everyone is and keep up with the stories of them. The middle of the
Kate Chopin creates a contrast between the two characters, one who is a feminist, and other who is a anti-feminist. "In short Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother woman" (pg 51) while on the other hand “Adele Ratignolle is the epitome of a matronly figure" (pg 58). Adele motherly behavior show who the person Edna should strived to become. Because of the openly manner culture of the Creole community, Adele share her true experiences as a role of a mother. “They were women who idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.” (pg 40) Edna finds the role of a mother being lackluster and only impeding her from awakening her inner consciousness.
In O'Connors, A Good Man is Hard to Find the main protagonist is a grandmother, which she intentionally leaves nameless, that forms the focal point of a story who has, through the stories sum, been battling with her conscious and subconscious minds the second of which is consumed by a nostalgic aching for an imagined, perhaps bent reality of the past. This nostalgic desire, which drives the story, is rooted deep in a yearning to return to a representation of a reality that resonances with her, one in which she is important, one in which she easily fits, one in which she believes is perfect, one which will end the battle between her conscious and subconscious that rages within her. This mental struggle ultimately changes her perception of reality
Ralph Waldo Emerson said “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” “In a Good Man is Hard To Find” the Grandmother expresses herself as a lady of upmost standards. In actuality she lives as a Grandmother from the old South whose mouth runs on its own. The Metamorphosis includes Gregor a self-proclaimed family man who tries to take on most of the responsibilities. His way of living seems great for everyone, but at the same time does not seem necessary. In A Good Man is Hard to Find” and The Metamorphosis, The Grandmother and Gregor despite being completely different, also share very similar qualities.
She also uses capitalization to show importance. After meeting her mother she is dumbstruck by her realness and from then on in the book the word “mother” is capitalized (Arsenburg 118). In that same scene Angelou uses foreshadowing when she is struck silent by the thought of having a real family, foreshadowing her muteness after the betrayal (Vermillion 67). Foreshadowing is very rarely used in autobiographies, but Angelou manages to make it a beautiful thing. Angelou is praised for many of her literary choices and her “most valued technique...may be the precision she describes objects or places, a precision so sharp that readers carry that description with them, even when the book is closed” (Lupton 69).
On page 381 the reader can find that Anne is once more entertaining the idea of death in “I am afraid to die. Yet I think it might do a few favors”. Anne Sexton lived a life that’s considered as difficult. It always seems like whenever Sexton mental health improves something always seem to go wrong. Her struggle with her place in society made her intolerant to the idea of being a mother or a wife as her defining character.
The women in The Scarlet Pimpernel such as The Comtesse and Marguerite are unique, complex characters that face real world situations making them anything but characterized individuals. The Comtesse shows her individuality in The Scarlet Pimpernel by being a caring woman. She is extremely protective over her children because she wants the best for
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman focuses on the American Dream, and how Willy Loman goes about trying to figure his out. Willie is a salesman who is down on his luck. Nothing has been going right for him and his wife knows this more than anyone. He "bought into" the belief in the American Dream, and he has not had much success since. Willy could have been successful, but many things went wrong in his attempt to gain his dream.
She had written many letters to her family during the war; she later used these letters to write her book Hospital Sketches––a true story based on her letters about her time as a nurse. Louisa knew that she wanted to pursue writing as a career after Hospital Sketches was published in 1863. In 1868, Louisa wrote a book based on the coming of age stories of her and her sisters and titled it Little Women (“Louisa May Alcott.” Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House). She wrote this book because family needs were dire, but it was so widely popular that Louisa was given financial security and independence and a lifetime writing career (“Louisa May Alcott.” Biography.com). Louisa went on a tour throughout Europe in 1870, as well as a few brief tours in New York, before settling down in Boston and Concord to care for her mother and her increasingly helpless father.